Kayarath’s Adventures in New NES Games!

Kayarath’s Adventures in New

I am proud to present my interview with the greatest NES game maker
Simulblast! Week 002 of Summer 2014

Simulblast! Week 002 of Summer 2014

There were bikinis! There were buns! There were weenies! It's summertime on this week's Simulblast, and our contestants are getting us in the summer mood with fake (and real!) beach ...
The Uzi Convention Report: Anime Expo 2014

The Uzi Convention Report: Anime Ex

Anime Expo is the largest and the fastest growing con in North America. Last year, Anime Expo had about 60,000 attendees, but this year was reported to have over 80,000! ...
Game Sho — Quest for Infamy

Game Sho — Quest for Infamy

I had never really played an adventure game before. I'm fairly young, so that genre had fallen out of the mainstream before I ever got the chance to play them. ...
The Wandering Witch – The Climb Resumes

The Wandering Witch – The Cli

Hi, all, I'm Moonhawk81 (The Wandering Witch). I've been around The Fan for a long while now and am finally attempting to contribute directly to the site in my own ...
Beats by BossaNova – Budo Grape: Amsterdam

Beats by BossaNova – Budo Gra

Hey there! BossaNova back again with another album review! This time around we've got Budo Grape's latest record, Amsterdam!
Bobby Henshin’s Time At Anime North 2014

Bobby Henshin’s Time At Anime

Anime North is said to be one of the biggest cons in the great white north. I'm quoting actual Canadians on this one. Chock full of guests from both America, ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Natalie Hoover

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We talked to Natalie Hoover about her cool projects like Kick-Heart and Danganronpa 2! Listen in to hear all about these and more!
The Alpha Gamer #4: Running the Distance with Melody’s Escape

The Alpha Gamer #4: Running the Dis

Imagine, if you will, a game that was conceived when Miku Hatsune, Audiosurf, and Dance Dance Revolution got together and made a baby. That’s probably the most accurate way to ...
Zenkaikon 2014 Gallery

Zenkaikon 2014 Gallery

Missed Zenkaikon? What a shame! We didn't and as such here's a batch of pictures from the event. Which cosplay was your favorite?
Kana’s Korner – Interview with David Eddings

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We talked to David Eddings, the voice of the lovable Claptrap from Borderlands and the VP of Business Development over at Gearbox Studios! Check it out!
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Mona Marshall

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We had a nice little chat with Mona Marshall to hear about the things she's been lending her voice to lately like South Park: The Stick of Truth! Have a ...
The Uzi Import Report: The Irregular at Magic High School

The Uzi Import Report: The Irregula

Welcome to the return of the Uzi Import Report! Some of you may be on summer break for school, but prepare yourselves to get right back into it with this ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Matthew Mercer

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We brought Matt Mercer back to talk all about his tons of awesome new roles in stuff like Attack on Titan and Magi, as well as help him plug his ...

Tempest’s Review of AnimeNEXT 2014

Posted on Jun 15 2014
Tempest’s Review of AnimeNEXT 2014
This was my first convention where I ever had down-time. Typically, the minute I receive the schedule, I cover it in highlighter marks for all the panels I intend to attend — often multiple during the same block of time. Then, it’s a race to see how I can possibly be in three places at once, or a competition to see which panel is the most important for me to attend.

AnimeNEXT 2014 — Tempest’s Interview with Rookiez is Punk’d

Posted on Jun 11 2014
AnimeNEXT 2014 — Tempest’s Interview with Rookiez is Punk’d
At AnimeNEXT we conducted a round-table style interview which included Dani from all-fiction.com, Melissa from jrockrevolution.com, and me (Tempest) asking questions of three of the members of Rookiez is Punk’d: 2Rash, Shinnosuke and U. Takumi chose to stay out of the limelight and took pictures instead.

Tempest’s Downpour — What I Learned From Madoka Magica

Posted on Jul 21 2013
Tempest’s Downpour — What I Learned From Madoka Magica
Warning: the following contains all the spoilers for Puella Magi Madoka Magica. If you haven’t finished the series, what are you waiting for? It isn’t long. You can view it for free, legally, on Crunchyroll. Do it.

Tempest’s Con Survival Guide — Packing A Cosplay

Posted on Feb 17 2013
Tempest’s Con Survival Guide — Packing A Cosplay
Cosplayers set new goals after each convention, sometimes seven times in a year. The greatest challenge: actually getting the costume to a convention in one piece.

Tempest’s Downpour – How Lego Batman 2 Beat Me

Posted on Jan 20 2013
Tempest’s Downpour – How Lego Batman 2 Beat Me
Busting out my new PS3 with its bundled games to ring in the new year, I had certain expectations. I expected that Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 would be dull compared to the books, that Little Big Planet Karting would make a fantastic new coaster and that Lego Batman 2 would be everything I hate about Batman: the Brave and the Bold, with easy controls and utter mindlessness.

Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 13: Like, Love, And What Love’s Like In Japan

Posted on Dec 16 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 13: Like, Love, And What Love’s Like In Japan
I explained in the last Anime In-Jokes that Christmas is a time for couples to celebrate in Japan. Lovers trade gifts and gather around the traditional bucket of KFC to enjoy this romantic holiday.

Tempest’s Downpour – Interview With Paul St. Peter

Posted on Nov 18 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Interview With Paul St. Peter
Tempest had the pleasure of interviewing Paul St. Peter during AnimeUSA. Some of you may remember him from your childhood as the voices of Wormmon and Leomon. Some more experienced otaku know him as Zor Prime from Robotech. Others of you know him as Xemnas from Kingdom Hearts and Nine-Tail Fox from Naruto.

Tempest’s Downpour – Pokemon Black & Blue Review

Posted on Oct 21 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Pokemon Black & Blue Review
In response to the recent release of Pokemon Black/White 2, PETA released its own anti-Pokemon game: Pokemon Black and Blue. The trouble is, it’s incredibly fun to play.

Tempest’s Downpour – The Anime Girl

Posted on Oct 07 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – The Anime Girl
A truly unusual person has been getting a lot of newsworthy attention lately. Anastasiya Shpagina, known as the “anime girl,” has twined the threshold between reality and fantasy in a beautiful and unsettling way. Using makeup, she crafts her face to look like her beloved anime characters.

Tempest’s Downpour – Persona 3 & 4 Spinoffs

Posted on Sep 02 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Persona 3 & 4 Spinoffs
Atlus’ hugely popular Persona games have erupted in related spinoffs: sequels, remakes, an anime and now a fighting game. Let’s take a look at the series that has changed the world of RPGs forever.